CANYON — The TWU Pioneers mounted a furious rally in the final 15 minutes of Sunday’s Lone Star Conference match, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to West Texas A&M 2-1.
Trailing 2-0, freshman Haleigh Wanzer recorded her first collegiate goal on a free kick from 30 yards out at the 77:01 mark to cut TWU’s deficit to 2-1.
The Pioneers (2-3-1, 1-1-0 LSC) put the pressure on the Lady Buffs, outshooting their hosts 5-1 in the final 10 minutes, including four shots on goal, but could not find the net for the equalizer.
“It was a physical game and we played hard,” TWU head coach Fleur Benatar said. “It was a back-and-forth game, and we matched them shot for shot.”
West Texas A&M (3-3-1, 2-1-0) collected two unassisted goals from Jasmine Schultz (42:25) and Lindsay McHorse (68:16) after the Pioneers’ defense shut down the Lady Buffs’ leading scorer, Leslie Briggs. She came into the game leading the conference with nine goals and 21 points and had scored at least a goal in all six games for West Texas A&M prior to Sunday. Briggs got off only one shot on goal Sunday.
“We put our freshman defender Sara Deeb on Briggs, and she shut her down,” Benatar said. “Sara’s defense helped the rest of the team relax and play their game. Wanzer and senior Jillian Fuerman got the opportunity to play off the bench, and both played a good game.”
Seniors Katy Black and Brittany Martin and Wanzer led the Pioneers with four shots each, while sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Sisco played all 90 minutes and made eight saves.
The Pioneers return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday, when they play host to Incarnate Word at the TWU Soccer Field.